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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 197
Hads: 838
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 274
Gots: 218 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 9.73% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-07-2009

"This Northwest Style Sour Ale is a blend of soured Triple, Blonde Quad and Golden ales that have been refermented with the fresh pressed juice of white wine grapes. The beer spent more than six months of lactic fermentation and aging in small oak barrels. 9.2% ABV" - Raccoon Lodge website

ABV seems to vary, between 8.33-9.73%
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Reviews: 197 | Hads: 838
Photo of liamt07
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Rutager, 2011 vintage.

Orange with light lacing and retention. Nose has some sweaty socks, white grape, white wine, oak, fruit and lighter fleshed fruits like peaches and apricots. Taste is lightly sour sweeter malt, white grape, apricot and nectarine. Medium full feel, and a gentle effervescence. Delightful.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 bottle, drank Feb 7, 2016.

A - Pours with 2 fingers of frothy white head but with virtually no retention and lace. Sediment laden bright gold body (even after months of vertical storage)

S - Bright, sour nose with tart peach, grape skins, cilantro, and fresh olives.

T - A firm, classic American Wild level of sourness opens the profile with grape skins, muscat grape, oak, and honey blondies.

M - Smooth, medium body.

O - A nice take on the style.

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Photo of Duff27
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- head doesnttake long to recede, little lacing. Light dull orange color.

S- fruity/subdued vinegar. Wooo!

T- apparent grape. Sour but not overpowering loving the grape feel

M- good carbonation and mouthfeel.

D/0- a good one for beginner sour drinkers.unique taste. thanks kevin!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 picked up at John's Marketplace and Belmont Station... reviewed from 2 sets of paper notes.

Nice long lasting khaki head.. the brew is pretty clear lite amber.

Nose has herbal qualities that both times I've had a really hard time placing... sorta minty.. oaky.. green apple

the same herbal element is more involved in the palate... a bit antiseptic tongue numbing lite clove... grassy.. sour is pretty lactic with some tannins that really dry it out on the finish.. an interesting sorta musky overtone begins toward the front of the palate and follows through to the finish.. never really got the "grapes" but friends say I am missing it.. the "minty" aspect ties this one up for me. Pretty drinkable in the respect that I want another sip just to try and place the huge mix of what all is going in to this one.

This is not a sour lover's sour.. instead a nice mash-up that has waves of stuff going on... pleasing and super complex... though probably just not for everyone.

I need to drink another of these, but am down to my last couple of bottles.... I would be interested to see what a couple of years in a cool cellar would do.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4

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Photo of biegaman
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Vine has a delicate pale colour but an intense, torchlight glow and the density of a London fog. Even its head is fluffy and cottony (at least for a short while). It is unexpectedly bright and cheery for something that's slumbered 18 months in the darkness of a wooden barrel.

Smelling the beer is akin to taking a knife, cutting a slit right down the center of a lemon and wedging your nose right up into the middle of it and taking a great big deep breath; it fills the lungs with rousing citric acidity and zippy tartness.

A glass of lemonade and apricot juice squeezed from a wood barrel with grass clippings thrown in - that’s the image that comes to mind while sipping this bright and beautifully flavoured marvel of a beer. It also has an underlying of dry, acidic white wine and oaky vanillin flavour as well as fleshy citrus, peppy tang, subtle sweetness and refined funk - it has e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!

I've learned from experience that few styles (and even fewer brands) can hold up to extended time in the cellar. Anything that's undergone lactic fermentation and oak-aging, however, tends to do well; this 2011 Vintage was opened at the end of 2013 and it's still drinking masterfully. I'd wager another 2 years wouldn't hurt one bit.

There's one reaction The Vine evokes sip after sip: a loud Lil Jon-like "YEAH!" Blending and souring three or four varieties of ale and then further barrel-fermenting with the juice from white wine grapes is what I'd call a pretty high-risk/high-reward experiment - Cascade hit the jackpot.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold with a huge beautiful frothy head. The retention is excellent, and there's a surprising amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of sugary grapes with some oak. I'm not sure about the grapes used in this, but it reminds me of Riesling or Muscat. There's a low level of lactic character, but a very low level of tartness. It's sugary and sweet. The flavor is better than the aroma suggested. The taste is sweet with notes of ripe white grape skins and a little musty barnyard. Again, Muscat comes to mind. There's a bit more tartness here than I expected from the aroma. Some oak notes and spices are present. The finish is dry and slightly tart with sugary grapes. No hops or alcohol are noticeable.

The beer is light bodied with good carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

I was hoping this would be tarter and sourer. I have a few more bottles of this and I'm interested to see how it develops over time.

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Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's today.

The beer pours a honey amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is pretty wild, showcasing vinegar and sour funk, along with a very noticeable grape and berry aroma. Fortunately, the dead moose and headcheese aroma aren't too overpowering in this beer (though it's definitely there). On the palate, the beer is pretty impressive, with the sour funk acting as a backdrop for the grape and berry flavors. There's also some noticeable banana, vanilla and even a hint of bubblegum, all wrapped around a core of sour funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the beer ending with a long, mouthpuckeringly sour zip on the finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though I found the sour funk to be a bit of a distraction after a while. Nevertheless, I thought this another solid beer from Cascade, with enough other stuff going on flavor and aroma-wise to keep the sour component from becoming overwhelming. Impressive.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Cascade barrel room in Portland, OR.

Pours a clear, bright golden colour, with a hazy, light-weight body. Head is white, and forms some firm, frothy contours atop the beer. Looks decent.

Aroma is immediately dusky and bretty. Apple characters with sharp citrus, astringent bite and a slight vinous tone. Not a lot of straight oak. It's perhaps not as big as it might have been, but it's still very complex.

Light grape juice on the front of the palate melds with more citric bite. Mid-palate has a husky bone character, giving a crisp, pronounced but rather plain Brett note. Finish is clean and dusty, with a ping of acidity that resonates to an aftertaste of pear skin.

Feel is clean and light. Very nice indeed.

The acidity is a little hard to take after a while, meaning it feels somewhat unbalanced. Despite this, it's a good wild ale, and one worth seeking out.

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Photo of aasher
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've really wanted to try anything from Cascade for awhile. Luckily one of my old college roommates, who has since relocated to Portland, was nice enough to send me this bottle as well as a bottle of Vlad the ImpAler. This beer looks beautiful. It poured a cloudy and murky bright apricot orange. The head appeared ravenous and acidic as the poofy off white head appeared to consume itself and leave only a few traces left to lace the glass. It smells of Golden Delicious apples and freshly cut pears. It begins tart before finishing with the pear like sweetness. It's one of the most appealing Wilds that I've seen and smelled yet. The flavors are tart and musty. It has barnyard without having the funk, which is very interesting. It has some light white wine aspects. It's really quite diverse and it finishes rather dry. It drinks medium bodied with excellent crispness and kind of sucks the saliva from your mouth after awhile but it does leave behind some slight tartness and sweet pear. This is a very good wild. It's really tempting me to try the Vlad sooner rather than later.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage at Barrell Room

A: Pours a clear golden straw color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some bubbles

S: Big lacto, white grape juice and peels witha whiff of wood, apple and pear

T: Immediate lacto and white grape notes, like someone stomped white grapes in front of me and poured it into my glass. The mid palate and back end leaves some Blonde and wood influence of pear, oak, Earthiness, gree and red apple persuasion and a tad vanilla with a stinging booze

M: Nice body, well carbonated and the lacto/grapes leaves a burning sweetness

O: Very good

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Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2011 project, at 9.73% ABV.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured two fingers of frothy ivory foam which dissipated somewhat quickly. Attractive!

Smell: sweet malt with a light tartness and a definite white wine character. Subtle but not under-done; the overall effect is quite pleasing.

Taste: sweet, malty flavor with a light hint of grain and a nice tartness. Toward the end the white wine character comes out a little bit more effectively; this then morphs back to a maltier aftertaste. I like the dynamic character here; this beer is quietly confident. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: this beer is quite attenuated and has a pretty light body, but carbonation is high giving it a big, if ephemeral, creaminess; not unlike champagne, really.

Overall: this beer is tasty and super drinkable. This beer shares a lot in common with a sparkling white wine, and a good one at that. I am really enjoying this.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 vintage, purchased from the brewery a month ago.

A: Loud cork pop. Foams somewhat aggressively when poured, but recedes so quickly that it never accumulates to more than a half finger. Clear golden color

S: Pronounced apple-grape juice aroma when first poured. Then some spice, a little lactic tang

T: Mildly tart and lactic. Grapey with some peach and apricot notes. Slightly herbal / medicinal in the finish.

M: Low carbonation, pretty smooth in the mouth. Medium linger.

O: Seems that this might not be standing up to age. I generally enjoy this beer much more when fresher, but this bottle seems a bit simple. Nothing particularly wrong with it, no off-notes, but no complexity or interesting notes either. I'll need to make a point to review the new vintage at some point in the near future.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a FW tulip. 2012 project

Pours a dark golden color with not much of a head. didnt "pop" when i opened it either. Smell is very much like white grapes, much like welches white grape juice! Taste is very similar as well. It has only a tiny bit of tartness to it, definitely the least sour tasting cascade ive had. The white grape flavor is very prominent and pronounced and it lasts through the finish and lingers. Its definitely what it promises. No tartness almost at all is quite a shock..not sure as intended? body is medium and carbonation is quite low. I will have to try another bottle to see if the tartness is just off in this one. Overall though the flavor is on point... maybe better fresh

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the brewery for $17.00.

A loud pop when I removed the cork, it pours a clear and very bubbly light gold with a 1 finger head of foam with lots of lacing.

It smells funky, tart, yeasty and has some notes of grapes.

The taste has some rather big sour grape flavour to it followed by mild notes of funk, a wee bit of fruity sweetness, more grape sourness, and woody notes from the oak aging. The alcohol gives me a lot of warming after the swallow but I can't say it shows up much in the taste.

Medium body, lively carbonation, good mouthfeel overall. This is good and for lovers of grape in their American Wilds..it's probably better than just good. Me? I'm not a huge fan of grapes but I'm not sorry I gave this a go. Being a Cascade beer..

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Russell's in Amherst. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden straw hue with a nice two finger head that faded quickly and condensed into a creamy quarter inch white blanket. Quite the transformation.

S - Aromas are very light. Light horse barn/funk with good vinous qualities.

T - Very nice barrel notes, toasted oak/vanilla with strong vinous notes along with faint barnyard funk. Nice grapeskin sour/tartness. Very light alcohol heat.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very good for a wild ale of this ABV. Alcohol heat is slightly noticeable. Strong prickly carbonation. Very nice and fits it well.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer. I think I like what sang noir brings to the table though. Still, as pricey as this is its a damn good beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Another huge thank you to hopsbreath for yet another bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced a nice white cap of froth with decent retention. Some lace.

(S)- A bright apple, grape skin, lemon & lime fruity yet lactic acidity and sourness. Subtle bits of dry oak and very mild yeast characters. I love the lactic fruit profile of this.

(T)- Similar to the smell in alot of ways. That same bright sour and lactic fruit profile. More dry oak comes through with bits of funk in a damp wood sense. Nice acidity.

(M)- A mild carbonation level. I do like the balance of this with the fruit, oak, and sour lactic bits. Honestly, it is a bit thin feeling; not as mouth coating as some in the style can be like, though this does help add a crispness to it somehow.

(D)- This is a solid to great wild ale with an incredible drinkability and crispness to it. Not over the top in any way, but showcases everything very well in the style equally; harmonious.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.26.13
2011 Project

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a large, very fizzy off-white to yellow head that is gone almost instantly.

S - Acidic, pretty funky, lemony and citrus, white grapes.

T - Funky, sweet grape, almost orange like finish, vinous.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Less acidic and more funky. Time has improved this bottle.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A darker yellow that somehow is pretty vibrant. Amazing aroma, salivation inducing, white grapes, mild wood aromas. Keeps the funk out.

Hugely sour, definitely has the white grape presence to it, amazing at hiding the alcohol. The blended parts of a tripel and quad are really overcome with the grape juice and sourness. Must be all kinds of different bacteria strains to get it this sour and yet stay complex and immensely enjoyable. Grape, lemon, green apple, maybe some peach or nectarine round out the fruit flavor from it.

If you like your shit sour as an ex, this is your beer. Heavy sour at like a 9:1 ratio to sweet. This is a must for a sour and white wine fan.

Only $5.50 a glass at the brewery/pub make this even better all around.

EDIT: Just drank my first 2011, still very good, but not phenomenal like the last three years/batches. Hopefully just needs some age, but it didn't seem to have the vibrancy of other years. Prior rating was 4.5/4.5/5/5/4.5

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Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale gold colour with a tiny white head. Decent head retention for a sour but its pretty short lasted.

Lightly tart aroma with some good fruity notes. Very slightly herbal. Good.

Bright lactic tartness with some good fruity character. The flavour really focuses on a tart fruity sourness which is cool.

Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. Very crisp.

A solid sour ale. The sourness works well with the blonde ale and I thoroughly enjoy the flavour here. Great.

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Photo of claspada
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, abv is listed as 8.33.

Pours a moderate golden color with a small thin white head that vanishes almost instantly. Attempts to agitate some bubbles and or head are futile.

Aromas begin with some lactic and acetic sourness as well as a grape skin. A bit of funk and more generic fruit sweetness. Sour tart and vinous oakiness emerge more as it warms.

The taste loses the grapey character and has more of a mild fruit flavor to go along with some oak. Then you get some more of the lactic and acetic characteristics. Chardonnay white grape vinous flavors permeate and dominate the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium to low carbonation. The heft of this sourbscreams for some more carbonation to balance the fruity sweetness. Finish is dry but not overly so with good sourness.

Overall I enjoyed it's beer but I have to say honestly it is my least favorite of any of the numerous beers I have had from Cascade. A bit too sweet, even for this slightly older edition; could use a year more or so to dry and sour more. From what I have heard and read the best edition is the original because it has aged and it properly balanced with sweet and sour.

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul - thanks to whoever you are!

Pours a hazy purplish-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of lightly tart raisin, fig, and plum aromas. Also present are solid amounts of Concorde grapes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of tart plum and sweet Concorde grape flavors. Midway through the sip the sweetness subsides a bit and the fruit flavors skew more toward raisins and prunes. The fruit flavors carry through to a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall I was a very big fan of this beer - I love the flavors of American grapes (Concorde, muscadines, and scuppernongs) and I find that it's difficult to accurately get that flavor in a beer. This beer succeeds completely and has additional complexity from other dark fruits and the malt bill. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.64/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing this, Mike.

A brilliantly clear amber copper with a dense, off-white head with spectacular retention and lacing, this is a beautiful beer. The nose, OTOH, leaves me wanting. Very spicy, this is like pumpkin pie spices with some sweet, grape juice added to it. Sourness is present, rather clean, and it leaves me wanting some funk. The palate is similar, almost like an over-spiced Belgian Christmas ale soured with lacto. Despite this, it is pretty vinous. Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation, this is spicy and unpleasant on the finish. I really did not care for this at all.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle served in a tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a white band around the edges. Nose reveals tart citrus and cork, with some sweetness coming out towards the back. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of stone fruit (apricots?) and grapes. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an effervescent carbonation and a semi-dry, puckering finish. My first Cascade sour, and it was nothing short of incredible. Can't wait to try more from this brewer, even in spite of the hefty price tag.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle; split

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, a dark golden body with a thick creamy 1.5" white head

smell: extremely vinous - unique in that white grapes are utilized, oak, belgian triple yeast

taste: Cascade's lineup seems pretty heavy on the darker sours, so this is a little bit of a curveball for them. Vinous white whine notes - oak, white grape, light acidity, earthy. Pear, green apple, belgian spice

mouthfeel: lighter, tart

overall: solid as always from cascade - perhaps a little less spectacular than some of the other bottled offerings

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Russian River "TION" snifter, carefully off the of the yeast, which I'm saving for a wild ale I'm brewing right now. Spritzy, hazy dark bronze with an large, off-white head with nice last that leaves heavy chunks of lace.

Smell is a bit on the sweeter side, honey and white grapes, also a graham cracker like spiciness to it.

Taste is nice a little sweet, nice tart sourness. Something about this reminds me of sweet mead, wildflower honey feel to it. There's a bit of aspirin like astringency as it warms, and the alcohol comes out a bit as well. Enjoyable for sure, but I bet this will really improve over the next year or two as the lacto chews through some of the residual sugars. Although I'm sure some wouldn't prefer that - I say try one now and save some for later! I should note I've had this a few times lately, this is just my first formal review, FWIW...

Mouthfeel is sticky and tannic, not a ton of carbonation, which makes the body seem a little heavy.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice beer, but I'd like it a little lighter, drier and more sour. Which I think it will become in time, although this is probably their least sour beer young. Another winner from Cascade though, tasty and totally unique as usual.

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.